Sunday, July 23, 2017

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Skywatch Friday - Farmer's Market

Every Saturday morning between April and October, the Bentonville square turns into a farmer's market and a social gathering place for hundreds and hundreds of people. You can buy everything from hand made jewelry to organically raised prime beef & pork. This time of year I am in the market for fresh tomatoes and okra. Yes, okra...and I like it fried or boiled. Needless to say it is good in stew and soups. I found what I was looking for so Saturday evening we had BLT sandwiches and later in the week okra will be on the menu.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Wordless Wednesday - Murals

 An emerging trend in Northwest Arkansas, particularly Ft. Smith and Bentonville, are wall murals adorning blank walls of downtown buildings.  Some are very creative.

 This mural combines advertizing the business with a creative landscape. I really like this one, especailly when you just focus on the mural and eliminate the clutter.

 Several of these are found at the end of alley's and serve to draw your attention away from the usuall dumpsters and electrical service boxes. This is a very nice monochrome pastoral scene.

I have to admit, I like these better than graffiti. I like a lot of the grafitti that I see, but the cloud of gang art, and vandalism still hangs over this artform. Grafitti can be very interesting, beautiful, and creative, but it still carries the idea of defacing something in the middle of the night.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Monday, July 10, 2017

Ruby Tuesday Too - Christmas in July

I found this little fellow in a place where I keep some of my pencils. I don't know how he got there. This Santa ornament is over sixty years old. He has always belonged to me. When I was a child, my mother bought a small tree for me to decorate in order to keep me from pulling the big tree down on myself. I am sure that all of the ornaments were either paper or plastic. I still have a few of these in a box of Christmas ornaments. It is a reminder of much simpler times.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Wordless Wednesday - The Language of Luggage

I was in a department store recently and found myself in the area where the luggage is on display. I have noticed that there are now two distinct types of luggage. There is the luggage that is meant to travel frequently in cramped cargo areas and handled by unfriendly and unconcerned airline staff. That luggage is typically constructed of a heavy duty water resistant fabric and is almost always black or other dark color to disguise any scrapes, scratches, or marks left by the conveyors. These bags are the bread and butter of the frequent flyer business traveler. I won't bore you with photos of these industrial strength clothing cartons.
I have noticed that there is now luggage that appears to be only for those who travel by car, always in control of their luggage and are interested in making a fashion statement as well as getting to their destination. You will probably find them in the back of the soccer mom SUV's that don't really want to be SUV's or go off-road.

While this may look great in the store and probably works okay as soccer mom luggage in the back of a pearl white SUV, but it would not survive in the world of the frequent flyer business traveler.

If you want to upgrade to leather and impress everyone in the hotel lobby at your destination with overpriced bags, then this might be the set for you.

If you like attention grabbing luggage and don't want to waste time collecting all of those old travel stickers, then here are some bags that scream where you've been or would like to go. They may also alert the border patrol or drug sniffing dogs.

If you're a "Hippie" child of the 60's looking for the next Greatful Dead tribute concert, or hoping that there will be a 50th anniversary reunion of Woodstock, then you will need this. Again, you may attract DEA agents and drug sniffing dogs.

Finally, if you're looking for something in a fake Pendleton wool blanket pattern, this has got you covered...or not. I think I"m going to stay with my time worn, battle tested, travelers luggage. How about you?

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Aww Mondays - Ridin' Shotgun

Lucy loves to ride shotgun in my truck, and I enjoy her companionship. Everybody needs a buddy to ride shotgun.